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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Randy do after 24 hours alone?
(a) He allows himself to be killed.
(b) He goes mad.
(c) He makes a run for it.
(d) He starts paddling the raft.

2. What happened to Mark's son in "The Jaunt"?
(a) He went mad.
(b) He clawed his eyes out.
(c) His hair turned white.
(d) All answers are correct.

3. What do two of the soldiers in "The Mist" do at the beginning of the story?
(a) Start shooting people.
(b) Commit suicide.
(c) Lose their minds.
(d) Run out into the fog.

4. What happens when Mike runs out to confront the Greek?
(a) Mike beats the Greek to a pulp.
(b) The Greek's men shoot and kill him.
(c) Mike and the Greek both shoot each other.
(d) The Greek beats Mike to a pulp.

5. Curt has a poster of whom on his wall?
(a) Humphrey Bogart.
(b) A WWF wrestler.
(c) Luke Skywalker.
(d) Farrah Faucett.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the narrator believe in "Paranoid: A Chant"?

2. Where is "The Wedding Gig" set?

3. What happens to Curt Garrish when he speaks with several of his peers on his way back to his dorm?

4. What does Richard realize about the word processor?

5. What happens after Hal throws the offending item into the lake?

Short Essay Questions

1. Stephen King is apparently trying to make his reader think when reading "The Jaunt." Do you think King wrote this story with that challenge in mind, or do you think he wrote it for pure entertainment?

2. In "The Jaunt," Mark's family is destroyed by Mark's own deception. Given the reasons for his deception, do you think he was justified in his actions.

3. In "Paranoid: A Chant," there are several instances in which the narrator is showing how obviously disturbed he is. Give one such example and tell why you think that example fits.

4. While Randy is trying to save Deke from being sucked between the cracks in the raft by the black, oil-like creature, what is Randy doing to try and stay sane through the unbelievable situation?

5. What do you think Mike Scollay was implying when he told the coronet player that he was going to have to play loud?

6. Homer compares Mrs. Todd to several goddesses. What is the purpose of this comparison?

7. What seems to be the catalyst for Curt's break in sanity?

8. What is the purpose of King's use of a "Wouldn't it be funny if . . . ?" beginning to his short stories? What do you think this method adds to or detracts from his stories?

9. In "Word Processor of the Gods," what do you think about Richard's choice of his brother's family over his own? Is a choice made of faithfulness or greed?

10. What seems to be the factor linking Mrs. Todd and Homer?

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